News / UK and world by Press Association December 31, 2018, 12:04 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Most councils failed to take action against a single motorist for misusing disabled parking permits in the past 12 months despite thefts soaring, figures show. Ninety-four out of 152 English local authorities (62%) did not pursue anyone for abusing the blue badge scheme in 2017/18, according to Press Association analysis of Department for Transport data. This includes 31 councils who did not catch anyone despite claiming to have a policy for prosecuting offenders. Local authorities in Nottingham, Middlesbrough, Shropshire, Luton, Milton Keynes, Bournemouth and Reading were among those to record zero prosecutions. Almost every case involving the 1,215 prosecutions which were launched involved drivers using someone else’s blue badge. The number of blue badges reported stolen increased by 45% year-on-year to … [Read more...] about Three in five councils failing to prosecute anyone for blue badge misuse
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PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 December 2018 Judy Rimmer John Lennon in an undated file photo. Picture: AP Archant What does John Lennon mean to you? On the anniversary of his death, we’re looking at his legacy and why his music is as relevant now as ever. The Beatles at the Gaumont in Ipswich in October 1964. Picture: ARCHANTIt’s hard to believe that it’s now 38 years since John Lennon died. If you are of a certain age, you will remember exactly where you were on December 8, 1980, when you heard the shattering news that he had been killed, gunned down outside his home in New York, aged just 40.Following the tragedy, the general reaction was to put on Lennon’s albums and listen to that unmistakable voice, so often pouring out calls for love and peace, which had just become more poignant than ever.Often controversial and cutting, he was always an artist who was prepared to put his own battles and problems into his music, stamping it with his … [Read more...] about What John Lennon means to fans in East Anglia
Thomas Fuller, New York Times 4:45 am PDT, Monday, October 8, 2018 Trash at a drop-off point on the 300 block of Hyde Street in San Francisco, Aug. 29, 2018. The city�s new mayor has made cleaner streets a top priority. Residents say it will take much more than a broom to do it. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times) less Trash at a drop-off point on the 300 block of Hyde Street in San Francisco, Aug. 29, 2018. The city�s new mayor has made cleaner streets a top priority. Residents say it will take much more than a broom to do ... more Photo: JIM WILSON, NYT Fallery Gourrier, of the Clean City team in the Tenderloin, power washes the sidewalk on Hyde Street in San Francisco, Calif. on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Volunteers fanned out across the Tenderloin and South of Market to clean up streets and sidewalks for the 15th year of the Department of Public Works' Community Clean Team effort. less Fallery … [Read more...] about Life on the dirtiest block in San Francisco
PUBLISHED: 18:44 06 June 2011 Lorraine King A disabled driver has slammed a parking firm for charging him £60 when he went to the toilet. Gino Chiappetta, 53, of Rucklidge Avenue, Harlesden, parked in Harlesden Plaza car park to use the public toilet on site not realising blue badge holders need to buy a ticket.Blue badge holders can park for free on single yellow lines, residents’ bays and council-run car parks. Some private car parks also offer a concession.But the car park managed by London Car Parks (LCP) does not offer a discount.Mr Chiapetta said: “I am disgusted. I have a weak bladder so parked up for a few minutes to use the loo.“They have reduced my fine to £30 but I am unhappy.”A spokesman for LCP said it was introduced a charge for disabled drivers due to blue badge fraud and misuse.He added: “Our signs are prominent throughout the car park, and any driver within the UK should know to read the signs within … [Read more...] about Disabled driver sees red after being charged £60 to spend a penny
TWENTY years ago, Elton John caused millions to weep as he sang a reworked version of Candle in the Wind in an emotional farewell to Princess Diana. The song is the biggest selling single of all time after 33 million copies were sold but what is the story behind the lyrics? We reveal all... What is Candle in the Wind? Elton John originally recorded the single in 1973 in honour of Marilyn Monroe who had died 11 years earlier. After his close friend Diana died in a Paris car crash in 1997, Elton teamed up with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin asking him to revise the lyrics to honour the Princess. It was recorded at Townhouse Studies in West London and re-released as Candle in the Wind 1997. Elton has only ever performed the single once - at Princess Di's Westminster Abbey funeral - and instead uses the original version at concerts. He has repeatedly turned down requests to perform the tribute again and said he never would unless asked by Princes William and Harry. The … [Read more...] about Why did Elton John perform Candle In The Wind at Princess Diana’s funeral and what changes to the lyrics did he make?